A cold front pushing across the south-eastern states is set to bring a major snow dump to our Alpine region over the next few days.
Messy, warm and generally unsettled conditions have hampered the ski season so far this winter, with the latest round of rain earlier this week doing little to lower freezing temperatures.
In fact, the wet weather over our mountainous regions on Tuesday and Wednesday actually washed away a good chunk of the snow base.
It’s no surprise then that the snowman built by the team at Perisher early in the week looked very sad indeed by Wednesday afternoon.
Things are looking up though.
A cold front will cross into the region from Thursday which, paired with cold air in the upper atmosphere, will help to drop freezing levels below 1,200m and cause a heavy snow dump.
It’s great news for those skiers and snowboarders getting out to the hills, as well as those on school holidays who were hoping for beautiful snow conditions as opposed to some messy slushy runs.
We are likely to see the heaviest accumulations on Friday, when we could see widespread totals between 10-20cm across the Alps and Snowy Mountains, with some areas seeing more than that.
Even Victoria’s Grampians could see a few flakes flying around on Thursday.
The biggest snowfall in that region though looks likely to happen on Saturday.
Snowfall totals are likely to reach between 20-40cm, and some areas could see higher amounts of more than half a metre.
Again, however, falls in the Grampians are highly dependent on air temperatures.
There is the possibility of some warming into Saturday afternoon leading to more of a wintry mix.
But heavy snowfall is very possible.
Now, when we say it looks to be a wintry day on the hills on Saturday, it is because the winds are going to be blowing.
There is the potential for really windy conditions throughout the day on Saturday in the southeast, which could spark some severe weather warnings.
Gusts upwards of 90km/h are likely throughout the alpine regions, with higher wind gusts at higher elevations.
Into Sunday, the cold air will build back in – bringing more snow – with the potential for an additional 10 to 20cm, with the chance of some lingering winds.
When you pair winds and snow together, there is the potential for blizzard conditions and reduced visibility.
Now, if the high amounts of fresh snowfall do play out, that would make everyone headed for the snow very happy.
But just remember to be prepared for conditions to change rapidly – things can change quickly and visibility can drop to just a few metres before you know it.
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